In 2004, the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals unanimously adopted "An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility," which formally expanded its mandate beyond pro-life and homosexual-related issues to include "work to protect human rights," "seek[ing] peace and work[ing] to restrain violence," and promoting "care for creation."
On this last point, the NAE board wrote unambiguously: "We affirm that God-given dominion is a sacred responsibility to steward the earth ... We urge government to encourage fuel efficiency, reduce pollution, encourage sustainable use of natural resources, and provide for the proper care of wildlife and their natural habitats."
Under the guidance of the Rev. Richard Cizik, the NAE has taken vigorous action in this arena. Cizik has preached: "Unlike our evangelical fathers who sat on their hands and tolerated racism ... we will not have to apologize to our children for doing nothing about what is a threat to our entire biosphere."
In mid-September 2008, the Rev. Cizik will be visiting Colorado Springs for two days. It is the Independent's hope that with Cizik's input, local environmentalists of all faiths will be able to join in meaningful conversations. Our goal is that through this dialogue, we can make the Pikes Peak region a more ecologically sound, more sustainable community in which to live, work and raise children.
From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, you can help brainstorm plans for Cizik's visit. (Check upcoming Independent issues for a venue announcement.) Everyone is welcome. Anyone with questions may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 577-4545.